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Fight for Accuracy.
You need to make sure the court propertly and fairly calculates
the spousal and/or child support obligation the first time around.
Why is this so important?
Living with Consequences.
It is true that a child support obligation is "aways" modifiable;
however, the courts do not want to re-calculate a support
obligation again every other week. Once an order is entered, the
courts typically look for a true "change in circumstances" before
the courts will entertain a petition for modification. In order to
calculate support, the court needs to have a meaningful
conference or hearing based on reliable evidence. Otherwise,
one or both parties will be unhappy with the calculation.
Get Great Legal Advice.
Your lawyer can explain to you the different types of support
obligations out there. One is child support. Also significant is
spousal support. Whether payment to a current (or former)
spouse are termed "spousal support" versus "alimony" will
depend on the stage of your case.
Obligation to Pay Support
There are various kinds of support that one party may be
entitled to pay for the benefit of a spouse or children prior to,
during, and after divorce proceedings are commenced. Each
attorney at our firm can help predict the amount and type of
support that is (or will be) owed. Very briefly, the types of
(1) SPOUSAL SUPPORT. A spouse can make a claim for spousal
support the moment the parties are separated even if no
divorce complaint has been filed. The amount of support will be
forty percent of the difference between the spouses' incomes if
there are no children. If there are children, the amount of
support is thirty percent of the difference after the payment of
child support is subtracted (discussed below). Our Pennsylvania
family law attorneys can evaluate the each party's income and
whether any income will be imputed to you our your spouse.
(2) CHILD SUPPORT. Pennsylvania has written guidelines to
calculate the amount of child support that is payable. Most
cases are relatively straight-forward. Occasionally, a case may
need to be designated "complex" if one party has
self-employment income and the courts may then allow the
parties to conduct formal discovery (exchange of documents)
and you may need to consider having an expert testify as to the
other party's earning capacity. Our Pennsylvania lawyers also
handle issues concerning child support, income, and imputed
income issues. As with spousal support (above), we evaluate
the basis of all claims for support.
(3) APL. This is a form of supprt for a spouse while a divorce
proceeding is pending (subsequent to the filing of a complaint).
Our attorneys are ready to negotiate the best possible
resolution of any claim for alimony, taking into account the
amount of time and money it will take the dependent spouse to
become retrained and/or otherwise involves in the workforce.
(4) Alimony. This is a form of spousal support that exists after
the final divorce decree is entered. The courts are increasingly
reluctant to award alimony unless one party is will remain
dependent on the other party for a period of time after all the
assets of the marriage have been divided.
Our Pittsburgh and Beaver County lawyers will walk you through
the family court system in Western Pennsylvania as it relates to
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